Dental phobia 'still a common problem in the UK'

Dental / Dental Practitioner News

Many people in the UK retain an irrational fear of seeking dental treatment, according to a survey from the British Dental Health Foundation.

Speaking to more than 2,000 people, it was found that 33 percent believe a routine check-up was scarier than the common phobia of interacting with other people, while dental visits were also deemed scarier than open spaces, blushing, driving, animals and confined spaces.

“A new study has shown that a fear of dental surgeries remains a common problem among people in the UK.“

Of those who saw dentists as intimidating 31 percent said needles and injections were the factor that influenced their fear most keenly, while 25 percent suggested pain was the main cause for concern.

According to the report, such concerns need not persist, as most dentists these days are sensitive to these fears and are able to assuage them through the use of kind words and the comfort that advanced modern techniques can offer.

Karen Coates, a dental advisor at the British Dental Health Foundation, said: "Most people who are scared of the dentist have bad memories from childhood of the smells and sounds of the surgery. The reality is modern dental surgeries are much friendlier environments."

This comes after a previous study from the foundation revealed that millions of Britons would prioritise social engagements over a dental appointment, a trend that could undermine oral health.

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